Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unconcerned about Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah missing the Champions League final.
Both players will miss Tuesday’s match against Southampton, according to the Reds’ manager, as they aim to keep the pressure on Manchester City ahead of the final round of Premier League matchups this weekend.
Salah was taken off after approximately half an hour of Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea at Wembley due to a groin injury, but he was upbeat at full time, telling reporters he was “all good.”
Van Dijk was replaced by Joel Matip in extra time and is now expected to miss Tuesday’s trip to St Mary’s along with Salah.
Klopp, on the other hand, is unconcerned about either of the powerful duo missing the European Cup final against Real Madrid on May 28 in Paris.
“Virgil is clearly not [fit], but we felt this was the game to leave him out,” Klopp remarked before the game.
“He’s played a lot, and now that we’re back to Saturday-Tuesday, it’s apparent that they’re both fine.” So the goal for both is to be involved at the weekend [against Wolves], whether on the bench or from the start.
“We’ll see what we can do with that because it would be ideal for the game, but if not, we’ll take each day as it comes. It’s really positive and we’re confident about the Champions League final, but we’re realistic about the Wolves game, but not tomorrow.”
Following West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Man City at the London Stadium on Sunday, Liverpool can cut the gap to one point with a win against Southampton ahead of the final round of fixtures, which includes Klopp’s side visiting Wolves and City facing Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.